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4 Recovery Tips After Septoplasty

4 Recovery Tips After Septoplasty

Undergoing a septoplasty marks a significant milestone if you're seeking to correct a deviated septum and enhance your overall nasal function. To ensure you achieve the smooth and speedy recovery you deserve, there are a few helpful tips we can offer to make your journey truly seamless.

Led by board-certified otolaryngologist and skilled surgeon, Matthew W. Shawl, MD our dedicated team, nestled in the heart of New York City's Union Square neighborhood, specializes in creating personalized plans for managing deviated septums. While the septoplasty surgery itself is a pivotal step toward improving your health, it’s how you manage your post-operative care that can make all the difference. 

So, without further ado, here are four essential recovery tips to guide you through your healing journey with confidence.

1. Follow our team’s instructions 

Dr. Shawl knows best, so follow his instructions diligently every step of the way. Here’s what you can expect: 

Medication management 

Take prescribed medications as directed, including pain relievers and antibiotics to prevent infection. 

Nasal care 

We may recommend that you perform nasal rinses or irrigations to keep your nasal passages clear and to prevent any congestion. 

Activity restriction 

During your recovery period, it’s important to avoid strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and nose-blowing. This can help avoid strain on your nose and any unnecessary discomfort, especially in the initial days following your surgery. 

Rest and recovery 

Most importantly, allow yourself plenty of time to rest and recuperate. Make sure to prioritize sleep and relaxation to help boost your body’s natural healing process. 

2. Manage discomfort effectively 

While it’s common to feel a little discomfort or pain after your septoplasty, we’re here to offer relief. There are several strategies you can take to alleviate your pain and find comfort. Here’s what we recommend: 

Cold compresses 

Applying cold compresses or ice packs to your surgical site can reduce swelling and numb the affected area. 

Pain medication  

Take any pain medication Dr. Shawl prescribes to manage post-operative pain or discomfort. 


It helps to keep your head elevated while sleeping or resting to minimize any swelling and facilitate drainage. 


We recommend using a humidifier in your bedroom to keep the air moist. This can help prevent nasal dryness, which often makes discomfort worse during recovery. 

3. Practice gentle nasal care 

During any recovery period, being gentle and patient goes a long way. Proper nasal care helps prevent complications and promotes healing after your septoplasty. Here’s how we recommend caring for your nose post-surgery: 

Gentle cleaning 

Clean the outside of your nose with mild soap and water. Be careful to avoid any harsh scrubbing or rubbing. 

Nasal irrigation 

Use saline nasal sprays or saline rinses as recommended to keep your nasal passages moist and free from debris. 

Avoid irritants 

We can’t emphasize enough the importance of staying away from irritants like cigarette smoke, strong odors, or pollutants at this time. These can highly irritate your nasal passages and put a major strain on your healing.

Be gentle

Don’t blow your nose forcefully, as this can disrupt healing and lead to complications. 

4. Listen to your body

Don’t forget that recovery takes time — it’s not a one-size-fits-all experience. Listen to your body’s cues and try to practice positive thinking throughout: 

Be gentle

Understand that healing is a gradual process, and it’s totally normal to experience ups and downs along the way after this procedure. 

Stay positive 

Focus on all the improvement you’re experiencing, no matter how small. Celebrating milestones makes recovery a lot less stressful and more rewarding. 

Reach out for support 

Alongside our team, don’t hesitate to also reach out to friends, family, and support groups if you need an extra dose of encouragement. 

Communicate with Dr. Shawl 

If you have any concerns or questions during your recovery, never forget that Dr. Shawl is just a phone call away. 

By following our recovery tips and giving yourself the time and care you need, you'll be well on your way to a successful septoplasty recovery. Remember to prioritize rest, patience, and self-care as you embark on this healing journey.

Contact the office of Matthew W. Shawl, MD to book a consultation today or schedule your appointment online.

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